Re: Tech Writer as Webmaster (kinda long)

Subject: Re: Tech Writer as Webmaster (kinda long)
From: Bruce Overby <deucer -at- WELL -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 30 Jul 1996 23:40:40 -0800

A guy at the Seattle STC used the term "Weblisher." His point was, "Beware
the Weblisher," in other words, the Webmaster is nothing without someone
who knows something about generating, obtaining, refining, ... the *content.*
I found the point somewhat profound--even though it may have been specially
crafted for that particular audience.

Parks, Beverly L. wrote:

> This was precisely the position I took when I created my home page. I put
> a Webmaster email link at the bottom that sent the mail to *me*! Heck, I
> did all those things, so I considered myself the Webmaster. It was when I
> started asking people to review my page that I found out otherwise.
> Interesting that you should mention Bob Sidman, LaVonna, because he was
> the first person to straighten me out as far as what a Webmaster was.
> After he told me that the Webmaster should be a techie person at my ISP,
> and not me, I asked around to verify that. (Sorry Bob! I always try to
> verify what people tell me.) Sure enough, that was the general consensus
> and I got that "Webmaster" stuff off of my page fast.

> I like your idea of a "content webmaster" and a "technical webmaster". I
> don't think that should take too long to catch on.
> [...]

> The only problem I see with "editor" is that editors are not usually
> associated with *creating*, just with *refining*. Personally, I like "web
> designer". For that matter, what's wrong with "web writer." <G> Or how
> about "technical writer specializing in Web design."

Bruce A. Overby
deucer -at- well -dot- com

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